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'Lessons Learned: My Experience Painting a Watercolour Triptych'

These three paintings came about accidently for me, I wanted to create this scene in it's entirety but I didn't have a long enough piece of watercolour paper so I decided to cut the scene up into three different sections and paint each section separately. I cropped out part of the bottom of the reference photo so as to make the dramatic sunset sky the main feature. I learnt alot from creating these three similar works and feel I improved with each one.

Here's what I've learnt:

Let the first layer dry completely before adding another layer otherwise you can end up with the colour running into another colour that you didn't want and creating a bleed that you didn't intend.

Mix all the colours for one particular section that you are going to paint first otherwise by the time you've mixed more paint sometimes the painting is already starting to dry in places, and when you try and merge colours if they have started to dry the colours don't blend as well or if totally dry won't merge at all and create a hard edge and just creates another darker layer on top.

You need to work quickly if merging colours together and work wet on wet to blend colours seamlessly!

Don't fiddle if it looks OK, on the first painting I feel by adding another layer I lost some of the initial painting that looked OK.

Make sure that I paint all light colours first too!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comment box at the bottom of the blog posts, if I can I will happily answer.

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